Restaurants, bars and night clubs have been branded the “worst offenders” for failing to separate waste correctly.
Some foodservice businesses stand accused of recycling less than a third of their waste, a figure that will chime with those supplying waste management solutions to the catering sector.
According to research from Ilkley-based waste management firm BusinessWaste, at least 30% of all restaurant waste is incorrectly sorted.
The company’s commercial director, Mark Hall, said the restaurant and bar market had the worst recycling record of any industrial and service sector.
“It’s no real mystery why this sector is the worst at recycling. A drive for lower staff costs means that corners are often cut, and that means pubs, clubs and restaurants tend to send the majority of their refuse for general waste,” he said.
Hall said operators were seeing bins full of unsorted rubbish from food and drink establishments on a daily basis, as well as little attempt to separate food packaging from general waste. “Instead it’s heading for landfill, and that’s not good.”
He suggested council-sponsored ‘Score on the door’ schemes for food cleanliness could be replicated for recycling and energy saving. “That will certainly buck up the ideas of a few businesses when their lack of recycling starts to hit their bottom line,” he said.